The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said on Sunday that Cyclone Amphan is likely to intensify into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ in the next 12 hours.

Fishing boats anchored at the Puri beach in Odisha. (Photo: PTI)

The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said on Sunday that Cyclone Amphan is likely to intensify in the next 12 hours.

According to the meteorological department, at 11:30 am on Sunday, Cyclonic storm Amphan intensified into a ‘severe’ category near about 980 km south of Paradip (Odisha), 1130 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1250 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh) and laid centred over central parts of south Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood after moving slowly northwestwards with a speed of 3 kmph during the past six hours.

The cyclone is very likely to intensify further into a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ during the next 12 hours.

Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Director HR Biswasa said that heavy rainfall is also likely to occur in Odisha after 24 hours.

He further advised fishermen not to venture into the sea.

“Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea and return to coast till night. From tomorrow [Monday], no fishermen will be allowed,” Biswasa said.

The meteorological department further said that the cyclone is likely to move northwards during the next 24 hours and then re-curve north-northeastwards and move fast across the northwest Bay of Bengal and cross West Bengal – Bangladesh coasts between Digha (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) by May 20 as a ‘very severe cyclonic storm’.

As Cyclone Amphan is brewing in the Bay of Bengal, the Odisha government has placed 12 coastal districts on alert and asked the collectors to arrange for alternative shelter for the people.

On Sunday morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the low-pressure over the southeast Bay of Bengal has concentrated into a depression and is likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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